We went to the surgeon this morning, a friend’s husband, and his bedside manner was exactly how everyone said it would be – perfect! He was 100% prepped, explained what this most likely was, and said, “I’m a black and white guy, and this is NOT cancer.” I wasn’t concerned, but it was nice to hear it! Everyone I have told about this has been in a panic and I’m glad that I can say, “it’s definitively NOT cancer.”
So what is it?
Well, it’s a 3mm mass (the size of a bee bee) that has no blood flow to it (hence, it is not a tumor and therefore, not cancer). In all likeliness, it’s a clogged Montgomery gland and they think it may have been caused by my ramped up thyroid. My thyroid was all out of whack in April and that can cause these things. What also causes them is nothing whatsoever – they just happen. The issue is if it doesn’t resolve itself on its own because they can be (and was for 3 days) very painful and cause visual distortion of the nipple.
So, we wait 6 weeks for a follow-up ultrasound to see if it’s taken care of itself. If it has, then great. If it hasn’t, we revisit it. He did say that the surgery to remove it can cause the nipple and surrounding area to become permanently black, so given that, he has no interest in cutting unless necessary.
Hottie asked all sorts of questions and this was NOT caused from running and in fact, the bras I wear reduce the likeliness of nipples becoming irritated and glands being clogged. Who knew?
So there it is – nothing to worry about. I’m super glad I didn’t get worked up over this. I made that mistake with my bone tumor in 2008 (he noticed that lovely scar and asked, “what happened HERE?”) and I told myself I’d never do that again. I didn’t even walk out of there feeling any sense of relief because I truly wasn’t worried going in. It was just a normal doctors appointment that truly ended with a pat on the knee, a laugh, and a “see you in 6 weeks!”
May 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm
Great news, I’m such a worrier, I would have been panicking, it’s refreshing to see you so calm and not wasted all of your energy on worry.
May 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm
Wonderful! Honestly I was a little worried for you 😉
May 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm
This is awesome! I am thrilled that it’s nothing to be concerned about!!
May 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm
Great news!! I wish I had nerves of steel like you.. I needed a biopsy after my mammogram last week. Thank God it came back with no cancer cells but I do have a radial scar. MRI next week to ensure there’s nothing else and off to the surgeon in June to get it removed. I am still a wreck. Glad everything is okay 🙂
May 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm
Good luck with all of that! I went through a really rough situation 8 years ago and that just took it out of me – I was a wreck and I just can’t panic like that anymore. Unless it’s about my kids… 😉
I’m glad there were not cancer cells for you!
May 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm
Whew! So glad to get confirmation that it is nothing to worry about.
May 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm
awesome news babe
May 11, 2016 at 4:50 am
I know you weren’t worried, but I was! So I’m glad that you are okay! I know that you always deal with everything so I know you’ll be fine, but it’s nice to hear you won’t have to have anything drastic done. Xx
May 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm
YAY! Congrats! So glad that everything is okay.
May 19, 2016 at 4:34 pm
Great news!! Always nice to get the all clear!